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Large UV/Optical/Infrared Surveyor (LUVOIR)

Large UV/Optical/Infrared Surveyor

The Large UV/Optical/IR Surveyor (LUVOIR) is a concept for a highly capable, multi-wavelength observatory with ambitious science goals. This mission would enable a great leap forward in a broad range of astrophysics, from the epoch of reionization, through galaxy formation and evolution, to star and planet formation. LUVOIR also has the major goal of characterizing a wide range of exoplanets, including those that might be habitable - or even inhabited.

LUVOIR is one of four Decadal Survey Mission Concept Studies initiated in Jan 2016. The study will extend over three years and will be executed by the Goddard Space Flight Center, under the leadership of a Science and Technology Definition Team (STDT) drawn from the community.

A brief description of LUVOIR science goals and capabilities are available in this flyer.


Third LUVOIR STDT Meeting

The third face-to-face team meeting took place in New Haven CT on Nov 9 & 10, 2016. The LUVOIR and HabEx teams met jointly on Nov 10. Meeting info can be found on the Events page.

Four Mission Concepts Chosen for Study in Preparation for the 2020 Decadal Survey

The Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters has selected four mission concepts to be studied in preparation for the 2020 Decadal Survey. The Large UVOIR Surveyor (LUVOIR) is one of the four mission concepts to be studied. The charters and full list of members for all four studies can be found here.